CARING FOR YOUR TEXTILE
Over its lifetime, every textile will be exposed to dust, light, moisture, and the risk of stains or damage. Whether you enjoy your textile hung on the wall, thrown over furniture, stored as an heirloom for your children, or worn until it falls into tatters, you need only some common sense to look after it properly. This section will be useful to all owners, and particularly to casual collectors who want to take care of their textile in the least expensive, most convenient way possible.
Natural red and blue dyes are exceptionally resilient, but can be damaged by prolonged exposure to sunlight or harsh artificial lighting. Keep your textile out of the light when you can. If direct sunlight is unavoidable, consider putting an ultraviolet blocking film over the window.
Threads of Life’s art pieces are sold ready for display. We use museum-quality mounting techniques and non-reactive, acid-free materials.
Hanging a length of cloth: Pipes and Velcro
Materials for the Pipes-and-Velcro hanging method are available at the Threads of Life gallery. For the sake of explanation, we will call the part of the cloth that will hang in front the “visible end,” and the part that will hang down the back from the rod and closest to the wall the “hidden end.” Get two metal or PVC pipes, about 2 cm in diameter and 6 cm longer than the width of your textile, and wrap them in black or white cloth. Choose pipes that will remain straight when suspended from their ends. Get two 10 cm strips of matching Velcro, and a length of wire or strong fishing line to hang the pipes from the wall or ceiling.
• Lay one pipe across the textile, with the visible end of the cloth on one side and the hidden end on the other. Make sure that the pipe extends 3 cm beyond either side of the textile. Arrange the wire or fishing line along the length of the pipe.
• Hold the pipe and wire in place, and flip the hidden end of the textile over them. Then lay the second pipe alongside the first one.
• Use strips of Velcro to bind together the two pipes and the wire where they extend beyond the cloth on either side.
• Lift the ends of the wire to raise and hang textile
Threads of Life prepares each tubular garment for display, and provides all necessary materials at our gallery. We sew strips of Velcro backed with stiff canvas inside the upper edge of the textile. The Velcro attaches the textile to a flat pillow covered with unbleached cotton and filled with two or three thin sheets of Dacron batting. The pillow hangs inside the textile, giving it depth and dimension on the wall. At the top of the pillow is a sleeve for a piece of PVC pipe. We run a wire through the pipe to hang the textile.
The storage space in your house will never match museum curatorial standards. With that in mind, here are a few basic principles for long-term textile storage.